have (one's) heart in the right place

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have (one's) heart in the right place

To have benevolent intentions. The phrase is used especially when one's actions have negative results. Grandma has her heart in the right place, but I would never wear any of the clothes she sends me.
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have one's heart in the right place

Fig. to have good intentions, even if there are bad results. I don't always do what is right, but my heart is in the right place. Good old Tom. His gifts are always tacky, but his heart's in the right place.
See also: have, heart, place, right
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

heart in the right place, have one's

Be well-intentioned, Her plan to reconcile them didn't succeed, but she had her heart in the right place. [Early 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have your heart in the right place

be sincere or well intentioned.
See also: have, heart, place, right
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have (one's) heart in the right place

To be well-intentioned.
See also: have, heart, place, right
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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